Weekend wrap: Oct. 30

The weekend didn’t see any upsets. Here’s a recap of the big stories.

No. 3 Minnesota-Duluth at Ohio State
Katherine McGovern and Sydney Brodt each had two goals in the Bulldogs’ 6-0 win on Friday. UMD scored four first-period goals and Ohio State could not recover. On Saturday, the Bulldogs scored twice in the second period and again in the third to ensure the sweep. Seven different players scored goals for UMD over the weekend.

No. 9 Princeton at Yale
Yale took a chance in goal, starting freshman Tera Hofman, and it paid off as they fought to a 1-1 tie with No. 9 Princeton Saturday. Eden Murray got Yale on the board first with a power-play goal midway through the third period. It looked as though the Elis might be able to pull off the upset, but Princeton forced overtime with just 1:29 left in the game.

Mercyhurst at Robert Morris
The Colonials scored in the opening minutes of the game and sealed the victory with a goal with under two minutes to go in the game to take their first conference win 2-1 on Friday night. Mercyhurst jumped out to the lead on Saturday, but could not hold on, suffering its fifth straight loss as the Colonials won their second-straight 2-1 game. Aneta Ledlova had a goal and two assists on the weekend for Robert Morris.

The rest of the top 10

No. 2 Minnesota at St. Cloud State
Kelly Pannek, Sarah Potomak and Dani Cameranesi combined for four goals and 11 total points as the Gophers won 5-2 on Thursday. On Friday, Minnesota outshot SCSU 39-9 and Dani Cameranesi had two goals to give Minnesota the sweep with a 3-0 win.

Harvard at No. 8 Clarkson
Cayley Mercer scored twice as Clarkson beat Harvard 4-0 Friday.

No. 9 Princeton at Brown
Karlie Lund had two second-period goals to lead the Tigers past Brown 4-0 Friday.

Dartmouth at No. 7 St. Lawrence
Kennedy Marchment tallied her 17th point of the season as the Saints won 2-0 Friday.

No. 6 Colgate at Union
The Raiders outshot Union 41-14 en route to a 2-0 victory Friday.

No. 5 Quinnipiac at Yale
Taylor Cianfarano scored her eighth and ninth goals of the season as the Bobcats won 4-1 on Friday.

No. 4 Boston College vs. Connecticut (home-and-home)
Andie Anastos did all the scoring for BC as they beat UConn 3-0 Friday. BC dominated Saturday to get a series sweep. Ryan Little scored twice in the first period to lead the Eagles to the 5-1 victory.

No. 5 Quinnipiac at Brown
Eight different Bobcats scored goals en route to the 5-0 win Saturday.

No. 6 Colgate at Rensselaer
Three second-period goals powered Colgate to the 4-1 win Saturday.

No. 1 Wisconsin at Minnesota State
Sarah Nurse continued to shine with a goal and an assist as the Badgers won 3-0 on Friday. On Saturday, MSU scored first, but two second-period goals from Baylee Wellhausen helped the Badgers get the sweep with a 3-1 win.

34 COMMENTS

  1. Finally Miami makes it into Grand Rapids or Toledo! Hoping that holds up as I would love to not have to travel to Manchester or Providence to watch them play!

  2. The problem with doing this in college hockey, which makes this exercise, for the most part, something of a waste of time, is that Pairwise will look absolutely nothing like this on selection day.

    There is a much better chance that every single placeholder on the entire list finishes in another spot entirely than it is that even one team holds the spot at season’s end that they do right now.

    • This all assumes that the current conference leaders take the AQ. In HE for example, if BC, UNH, BU or Lowell end up winning the conference tournament, all things hold serve (for the most part) but if Providence (then you get two HE schools with host sites) or even Maine somehow pulls it off, then all hell breaks loose. Same for every other conference of course.

      • Right now, that bubble team is Alaska, then BU. All it takes is Maine winning it all (like they almost did in 2010, taking BC to OT), getting far enough in the Pairwise to push BU out of the NCAA. BU was ahead of Maine in Pairwise heading into the semifinal. Maine got the bid based on that extra game against BU.

        But it is not a waste of time having Jayson do bracketology. It shows the effects a couple of good or bad games can have on making the NCAA tournament, where teams might play and who they might play if they get there. Being a bubble team last week certainly helped BU this weekend push to get three points and have a little more room. This only makes Friday’s and Monday’s game that much more important.

  3. jayson did you read my comment last week? i would like you to look into the future and comment on how things would be as if you were doing this next year. (bigten, nchc, wcha etc)

  4. You said: “I wish I could bring Notre Dame to Toledo, but that can’t be done.” Notre Dame would probably prefer Grand Rapids, where you have them, to Toledo. According to mapquest, it is 1 hour 56 minutes drive from South Bend to Grand Rapids and 2 hours 29 minutes drive from South Bend to Toledo.

  5. Why would we toss out the possibility of a Minnesota-North Dakota regional final just to save attendance? (which, if history is correct, is going to pretty much suck anyway) This is what I hate about the current system–it’s neither a “regional” nor a “pure” bracket. We wind up with a hybrid that, for example, ships Air Force to Worcester the one year there’s a regional in Colorado Springs (and probably the only chance most of the team’s fan base has to see their team play in the NCAA tournament!) all to save “bracket integrity,” but make ample modifications the rest of the time. Either group the teams by proximity to a regional site or run a bracket seeded on the Pairwise. Stop trying to stuff a size 12 foot into a size 8 shoe.

    • Good post. The system is clearly not fan friendly. No wonder college football has trouble figuring out a fair way to do a national tournament.

      • Football’s problem is much different. too much money to be made from the current bowl system. Has nothing to do with tournament sites. The football fans travel much better than hockey fans, simply because football is so popular. The bracketing here is more modeled after how they determine the basketball brackets. But because there are 64 (plus 4 is it now?) Its easier for a school to get slotted close to home and not hit the intra-conference match up early on.

        And football could always emulate FCS level, where you do campus sites for the first 2 rounds, then neutral sites for the semis and finals.

        • I will also add to Bronx’ point about NCAA basketball. Basketball has some fairly regular host sites, not each year, but in rotation. There is always first/second round games in North Carolina, far enough away from Duke/UNC that those teams are not “hosts” but close enough so that the buildings sell out. It can be Charlotte, Winston-Salem or Wilmington, all more than 50 miles from the campus but close enough for a day trip.

          For hockey, it is harder because there are but sixteen slots with four regionals (no sub-regionals) and hockey’s sweet sixteen is too close to the end of conference tournaments. Four/five days for someone in New England to plan a trip to St. Louis/Green Bay/Denver? Same with a Western School planning to go to New Haven/Albany/Worcester/Providence/Manchester? I say this. Play the regional rounds the same weekend as the Final Four of basketball. Have the Frozen Four the week after. Allow nearly 12 days between the end of conference tournaments to ensure people can plan.

          Having a host school is a good idea to help with tickets, but in reality, it should be Hockey East hosting Northeast, ECAC/AHA hosting East, BTHC/new WCHA hosting Midwest and NCHC/new WCHA hosting West. You could swap the East/Northeast and West/Midwest hosts, too. But if the leagues host, then a team like BC/BU/UNH as a number one/two seed would stay in Manchester/Providence, while if one was a three/four seed, they might have to fly to Denver/Minnesota precisely because they were a lower seed. A league that can fill the TD Garden, the Joe Louis Arena or the XCEL Center can cover the ticket costs of a regional better than a member school.

  6. This is really kind of silly. Looooong way to go, including league tournaments. One upset there by a non-TUC and this whole thing blows up. I understand the need for “material”, but really. A couple weeks out, okay. Now? Not so much.
    Someone will email you in March and say: “but you said in JANUARY that my team was going to Manchester!!! You liar.”

    • I have looked forward to bracketology for years now. I imagine others have as well, all of us smart enough to realize that it is a “how things stand now” analysis. It occurs to me that it is done for the NFL, the NBA, MLB, the NHL, NCAA Football and NCAA Basketball.

      I have seen, in the past, my BU Terriers be ranked #1 in the country about this time of the year and listed as playing in Worcester/Manchester only to see them miss the tournament because they played poorly. That is why it is a “how things stand now” analysis.

      Last year, many posters moaned about Merrimack, its ranking and its Pairwise. It turned out that they got a number 2 seed and lost in OT to Notre Dame. Pretty much what could happen for a team that looked good in the bracketology for weeks.

      • I hear you Joseph. It IS kind of interesting. A bracketology mental exercise. But it IS meaningless.

        This quote at the very top of the article troubles me: “It’s our weekly look at how I believe the NCAA tournament will wind up come selection time.”
        Really? This is how he believes things “will wind up come selection time”? Really?
        I want his crystal ball.

  7. Notre Dame in Manchester would be awesome, and I think they would fill more seats at the VWA than nearby Dartmouth would. This is one instance where attendance would possibly suffer by swapping Notre Dame and Dartmouth.

    • This BU alum disagrees, having seen Bemidji State play at a Frozen Four with his own eyes. Niagara can score, if what I have read about them is true. BU this year has given up a ton of goals.

      I would not take Quinnipiac lightly. It is a short trip for them and Yale to the Dunk as well, and there just might be some desire for the two of them to meet in the regional final for Connecticut/ECAC bragging rights.

      I agree that it would be nice to lock in a berth for the Terriers right now. They are a young team that sometimes takes a step back to get two steps forward.

  8. This has BC being rewarded after a getting swept at home by Maine in a big upset this past weeked. As opposed to last week, the Eagles are now eatng home cooking, and are in a weaker bracket besides.
    It’s very much like the way life works under the Obama administration!!

    • That explains your 2 losses to UNH already this year… maybe SCSU in Manchester, so they could lose a 3rd time. And 3 out of the 4 HE teams would be on the same side too. Get over the “NCAA doesn’t want an all WCHA FF, so they place them all together.”

  9. I don’t like the swap for attendance crap, because we(Minnesota) get screwed, we drew Dartmouth as the Pairwise sits right now. But instead get a higher ranked Notre Dame team, whose mad that we whooped in our rink in Jan. No disrespect to Darthmouth they’re a good hockey team, but ND is dangerous team. Also quit trying to get the MN/Nodak match up, i’d rather not have my top line injured and have my players pulled out of the handshake line, because they’re mad we beat them.

    • There really would be no reason to move Dartmouth for attendance purposes anyways, as they would already have UNH and BC in Manchester, that would fill the building. You might have disrespected Dartmouth a little though, as you spelled their name wrong.

  10. Bulldogs may have the longest winning streak in the country, but literally haven’t played anyone in the top 10 yet. Colgate? St. Lawrence? LSSU? That is their resume’. We’ll see how they handle a team that has played a deeper schedule with more talented teams. I respect the Bulldog program and their talent, but I think Matt and Shane are just following the company line with their picks.

    • Keep in mind the teams FSU is beating are teams that Michgan lost to all season last year…15 loses. Finishing 7th in CCHA Conference.

      • What are you bringing last year into it for? Michigan wasn’t a top 10 team last season. Not relevant to this season, especially with 9 freshmen. Is that some type of weak effort to troll? Fact is, the teams FSU has played are not top 10 teams, unlike Michigan’s schedule, so it really is an unknown how good FSU really is. Based on history, it doesn’t matter, they play Michigan tight and appear to have more offensive punch than some years. The teams went 1-1-2 last season against each other, that should be the only thing to bring up about last year.

        • The point of bringing up Michigans crap season is that the teams they lost to are now primarily seniors. Get a clue if youre going to play the “the team is older now bs” lol

          • Who’s playing “the team is older bs?” I simply stated that this (Michigan) was a different team- much younger and apparently much better. I don’t care about the other teams you are talking about. Their records speak for themselves. But, if you want to go there…

            Michigan finished last season 8-1-1 and was in the CCHA final. They were 18-3-2 in their last 23 games going into the Ferris game, which was a well earned tie by both teams. 18-3-3 now with the 3 losses against Notre Dame, UML and UNO. They are now 1-0-2 vs. Ferris in their last three games, all at Yost, mind you, but still- they beat OSU, NMU, WMU and Miami to finish last season. I don’t see any losses against the existing WCHA (former CCHA) teams on that list. I’ll give FSU credit- they are every bit as good as advertised, even with all the unforced errors Michigan’s defense gave them.
            Stop being a troll.

          • I am not trolling you, I am simply better at statistical data. BTW the game finished as I thought it would with a League Tie and Shoot Out Loss. Not to mention Michigan can thank a freshman goalie for their current record. They do not play as a team.

          • How are you “better” at statistical data? Your insights are sophomoric at best. You’re trolling for an unsavory response. Bugger off.

          • and youre parading around with the name “streaker” and claim I have sophomoric insight lol. My conclusion was a tie. Your was Loss. Clearly my stats have a slightly higher analytic value.

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